LETTERS FROM AUGUST:
Please pass on the following to Amelie Frank:
1) Brava! for your intelligent, insightful review of Petula Clark's
"From Downtown to Sunset Boulevard". It's great to find a critic who
understands and appreciates her as much as we fans (including the
late GlennGould!) do...
2) Petula Clark recorded two very different interpretations of LLoyd
Webber's "Memory". The earlier one can be found on the CD "Magic from
the Musicals" (Musical Collection International, catalog #MCCD, 1991);
the more recent - and far more dramatic - one is on "Where The Heart
Is" (Connoisseur Collection Ltd., catalog #VSOP CD249, 1998). Both
are still readily available for sale in the U.S.
Want to tip my hat to G. Murray Thomas for his on-the-money review
of my spoken-word CD, RUG BURN (April 2000 issue). He's the first
reviewer to date who got the message. The review got forwarded to
me by a friend, which led me to your site, which was a wonderful
find. I'll visit you often and put a link on my VAGABOND PRESS web
LETTERS FROM MAY:
RESPONSE TO THE MAY THIS MONTH'S BEEF:
The reason I'm writing is I just read that rant/letiter
from the editor in your May issue. Are you FROM L.A.? I am. And
I hate it. Yes, I love many things about it (sand to snow in 2 hours)
loads of clubs to see bands, pan-ethnic food on every block... but
it's the trivial things that irk the shit out of me. Miyagis. Dublins.
That Cowboy ranch bar down the block from them. The shitty, shitty
drivers who are either too pompous or aloof to drive considerately.
And the thing is, it's not the fault of anyone >From Los Angeles.
All those things are wrought on by the beautiful people... people
too beautiful to squander their beauty on the fair people of poughkeepsie
or scranton or topeka. The cell phone culture aggravates me, & no
where is it more prevalent than right here (although, I nearly commited
homocide when, on a road trip through Utah over New Year's break,
Cara & I hiked to Delicate Arch in Arches N.P., & there was a business
man whose cell phone got too good reception & ruined the entire
experience of witnessing that natural phenomenon by discussing some
deal. And his poor kids!)
It's having a metro system
put in for no one to use. It's having permit parking on every block
to deny taxpayers parking on their own streets (meaning, how could
one street belong to a couple people, & not 3 million others?).
It's having latte shakes cost more than I want to spend on a meal.
it's seeing an entire bldg become a giant ad plus some truck driving
around doing nothing by displaying another ad. Meet me at one of
those trendy bars or any of the gazillion Starbucks that pervade
our daily routine, then extol the virtues of the Huntington Library
or an annual literary event.
LETTERS FROM THE APRIL
2000 PREMIER ISSUE:
Well done and nice job. I am very fond of the newsprint look of
the site, and the reviews and interviews were indeed newsworthy.
Stay cool whip,
Nice Site! I'll list it in my next issue of the Lummox Journal
if you don't object. Good luck to you on this project. It's very
important to be able to review without consequence -- not always
an easy task. I hope you'll be reviewing poetry chaps/books that
are published by Small/Micro Presses like Lummox. I've subscribed
to your newsletter & look forward to receiving it.
LUMMOX Journal: monthly Arts & Lit. mag
PO Box 5301
San Pedro, CA 90733-5301 USA
looks very professional, great articles, and a visible mindset.
Donn and I both wish you all the best (he says that the typeface
is a little small for us older folks to read, but he, as well as
I, love the layout).